Maskless writing of submicrometer gratings in fused silica by focused ion beam implantation and differential wet etching


  • Albert, Jacques
  • Hill, K.O.
  • Malo, B.
  • Johnson, D.C.
  • Templeton, I.M.
  • Brebner, J.L.




Surface relief gratings with submicrometer periods have been fabricated in silica by ion implantation with a focused ion beam, followed by etching in diluted hydrofluoric acid.Implantedsilicaetches three times faster than unimplanted silica and groove depths of the order of 300 nm have been achieved. The method does not require photolithography or masking layers, allows arbitrary patterns to be defined, and may be used to fabricatediffractive optical elements or grating filters in optical waveguides.


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Faculty of Engineering and Design

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Department of Electronics

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